Horses to Watch September 8 – by Rod Young Turfdom
EMMY AND I (September 2): Two year old filly for Tim Yakteen made her debut in Wednesday’s 4th,
a maiden special weight sprint for Cal breds on the main track. Off at 7/1 in a 9 horse field, she broke
running and had the lead by the half mile pole. She stayed right there until the 1/16th pole and then gave
it up late and was beaten 4 lengths. But she dug in through the lane and was fairly game considering this
was her debut. She had trained well coming into the race and with her speed, she should be able to get
her diploma up in Arcadia this Fall. Tab and follow.
DREAMOLOGIST (September 4): Three year old filly for Richard Mandella made the second start of
her career, and first around two turns, and first on the lawn, in Friday’s 4th, a maiden special weight for 3
and up at 9 furlongs. Off as the 9/5 wagering choice in a field of 10, she zipped right to the front from the
8 hole and made every pole a winning one. She opened up 5 on the back side and then found another gear
down the lane to win in hand by four with a closing quarter of 24 flat. The daughter of Tapit out of a
Rahy mare could be stakes material down the road as this was a visually impressive performance. Speed
will hold on even better over at Santa Anita. Tab and follow.
WISE TALE (September 5): Two year old gelding for Mike Machowsky made his debut in Saturday’s
fifth, a five and a half furlong sprint for maiden special weights on the main track. Off at 24/1 in a “salty”
field of 11 runners, he broke with the field and relaxed nicely in third down the back side, just 3 lengths
off the leader. He didn’t really get rolling until the stretch and by that time a Zayat/Baffert runner was
long gone on the front end. “Tale” closed gamely to get third and was just a head away from second
while beaten 5 lengths at the wire. All in all, a very good debut for this Tale of Ekati runner who is bred
to win early. He can get his diploma over at Anita in their Fall meet and will still retain good wagering
SEND ME A SIGN (September 6): Three year old filly for Ron Ellis made the second start of her
career in Sunday’s opener, a maiden special weight sprint on the main. Off at 9/2 in a full field of
runners, she once again broke slowly and was bumped by her neighbor to the right, got away last and fell
9 lengths off the leaders. She rallied on her own, circled the field while 7 wide and got up for second,
without the rider ever using the whip. She was well beaten by 4 lengths at the wire by her stable mate, a
33/1 long shot, but she was the best filly in this race. Ellis may send her long next time out up at Anita
but short or long, she has a lot of talent and will be posing for pictures in the near future.
BELLAMENTARY (September 6): Two year old filly for Phil D’Amato made her debut in Sunday’s
sixth, a maiden special weight event on the main track at five and a have furlongs. Off at 7/2 from the
disadvantageous rail slot, she broke a tad slow and was five lengths back of the leaders at the half mile
pole. She started to roll at the 1/4 pole, put in a good run down the lane, but the winner was long gone.
She came home in 24.30 for the last 1/4 and it was the fastest final quarter in the race. She needs a bit
more ground and will probably get it over at Anita this Fall. She won’t be a maiden much longer.